To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, the Lansdowne Folk Club is holding an Anniversary Concert on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. On the bill for this great event are Ari Eisinger, Gina Sicilia and Hezekiah Jones. Included in the ticket price is a freshly prepared barbeque and vegetarian buffet dinner by Marnie Miller, dessert and beverage.
(The show is Sold Out! Thanks Everyone!) Donations to the Lansdowne FolkClub
can be made here!
Ari Eisinger is one of the most dazzling country blues and ragtime guitarists playing today. Listen to his astonishing performances of the music of Blind Blake and you will hear things no guitar player has managed to pull off since Blake himself disappeared in the early 1930s. The sportin’ right hand, the piano rhythms, the notes everybody else leaves out – they’re all there. “One of the finest fingerpickers I’ve heard anywhere,” “One of the top guitarists in the country,” “One of the finest interpreters of traditional blues and ragtime” – these are just a few of the reactions from critics and fellow musicians to Ari’s remarkable way with the blues of the 1920s and ’30s. Able to shift effortlessly from complex East Coast ragtime to the propulsive rhythm of the guitar evangelists to down-home Texas country blues, Ari is one of the most authentic musicians you are ever likely to encounter.
His interpretations of the songs of masters like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Memphis Minnie and Reverend Gary Davis have been called “downright spooky” for the way the styles of these pioneering guitar heroes are brought vibrantly back to life. Whether he is taking on the crystal tone and virtuosity of Lonnie Johnson or the liquid bends of Josh White played on a low-tuned Stella guitar, Ari deftly recalls the great music of the past while bringing his own brilliant musical personality to bear on some of the neglected classics of the blues.
Based in Philadelphia, Ari has toured across the US and performed in the UK and Japan, sharing the bill along the way with artists like Doc Watson, John Jackson, Dave Van Ronk, Paul Geremia and Taj Mahal. He has led guitar classes both in the US and the UK, and he is a featured instructor for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.
Here’s a video link to Ari Eisinger’s guitar work!
Young Philadelphia songstress Gina Sicilia exploded onto the scene in 2007, as her debut CD was met with joyous acclaim by fans and critics alike. She was heralded as a distinctive new voice in the Blues, as well as an insightful songwriter and interpreter of neglected classics in the Rhythm & Blues canon. Gina’s singing and songwriting continues to break new ground, showing remarkable depth, power, and seemingly unstoppable growth. Now 25 years old, the genre-defying Gina Sicilia continues to smash pigeonholes into kindling and redefine the boundaries of soulful music. Check her out her website http://ginasicilia.com
Hezekiah Jones is the musical nom de plume for Raphael Cutrufello and a band of like-minded musicians crafting alternative folk music. His catalog of songs sometimes sounds like a post-apocalyptic White Album, as covered by Sufjan Stevens. The biting, sometimes campy vibe only serves to intensify the blow of his sucker-punch ballads. Songs are filled with outlandish characters, imagined landscapes, ringing harmonies, and baroque instrumental flourishes, but never disconnect from the tangible feelings at their center.
—Peter Marinari, CBS local
Hezekiah Jones is a collection of Philadelphia-area artists orbiting around the songwriting talents of one Raphael Cutrufello. They have released two full-length album( Hezekiah Says You’re A-Ok, and Have You Seen Our New Fort?) and two EPs(Come to Our Pool Party, and Bread of Teeth) all on Yer Bird Records. Also a split 7 inch, The Asheville Squints, released on Quite Scientific. Check out this YouTube video!